Division medals for Moore

South Canterbury swimmers performed well at the New Zealand Division 2 championships, returning home with multiple medals.

Swim Timaru's Olivia Moore, Sam Sharp and Quinn van Zee, along with Waimate's Tandia Gooch and Geraldine's Stuart Houston, were part of the Canterbury team at the championships in Hamilton last week.

The five swimmers broke personal bests in the majority of their events and had a number of top- eight placings.

Moore was the busiest of the group, competing in 11 races. The 13-year-oldwon three medals and recorded three other top-eight placings.

She won gold as part of the Canterbury medley relay team, silver in the 200m butterfly and bronze in the 100m butterfly. Moore also swam three New Zealand national age group qualifying times - for 110m butterfly, 200m butterfly and 200m freestyle.

Sharp placed in the top eight in five of his seven events, including second in the 100m backstroke and third in the 200m backstroke.

He lived up to his ranking in the 200m and bettered his fourth-place ranking in his favourite event, the 100m.

Houston, 17, also lived up to his top ranking in the 100m breaststroke. He won silver in the 50m breaststroke and as part of the Canterbury team in the regional medley relay and third in the 50m butterfly.

Van Zee placed 5th in the 100m butterfly and eighth in the 50m butterfly.

It was 13-year-old Gooch's first Division 2 championships and she swam a personal best in her 50m butterfly race.

The Timaru Herald